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ERIC Number: EJ1385509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1017-7108
EISSN: EISSN-2671-9312
Language Learning Autobiographies, Identity Texts, and Critical Teacher Education
Shin, Hyunjung; Jang, In Chull
English Teaching, v78 n1 p197-223 Spr 2023
This paper explores possibilities of using language learning autobiographies as a form of identity texts in order to produce suggestions for critical teacher education. Specifically, we examined what insights we might gain by reframing Korean pre-service teachers' autobiographies as a form of identity texts to develop reflective teachers, who affirm their identities and language learning histories. We thematically analyzed autobiographical reflection papers on English learning experiences of 73 undergraduate students enrolled in a compulsory elementary English education course at a public university in South Korea. The analysis revealed the predominance of referral to English private education experiences and a sense of linguistic insecurity felt by these pre-service teachers, who would later teach in public schools. Based on these findings, we provide suggestions for critical teacher education to foster critical language awareness and identity investment for the students. We conclude that language learning autobiographies, while incorporating characteristics of identity texts, might be a useful tool for critical pedagogies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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